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The Smoke Detector That Talks to Your Smart Phone

Before turning on a loud, howling alarm, the Nest Protect gives you an early warning we call Heads-Up. Nest Protect lights up yellow and speaks with a human voice. It tells you where smoke is or when carbon monoxide levels are rising. This gives you an earlier warning if there’s an emergency, or allows you […]

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Appraisal Institute Releases Helpful Addendum, Green Home Clarification

A few weeks ago I shared that “Greening the MLS” can help disclose the addition of energy efficient elements in residential construction and how that might affect the liabilities of the MLS system. Last week the Appraisal Institute introduced the Residential Green & Energy Efficiency Addendum, Version 2.0. Laura Stukel, an efficiency “insider,” is developing the Real Estate Transaction […]

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How Secure Is Your Folding Stairway Pulldown

Normally, you’d find a string hanging from the cover of the stairway. For outside locations that might present a bit of a security issue. A quick pad lock will help secure the hatch. Done…unless there was NO string to pull!

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Top 5 Reason’s To Recommend SafeHome Inspections

Top 5 reason’s why I’m the best choice to deliver your professional home inspection. 1. No other home inspector has more experience in residential construction. (isn’t that the “real reason” you hire the inspector – to make an informed decision.) 2. Reliability starts with my core values. Honesty, integrity and objectivity. My reports are not shaded with […]

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Proper Air Flow

Have you noticed that some areas in your home are cooler or warmer (depending on the season) than other parts of your home. Maybe it’s a corner or an entire side wall. Air flow is important. Good air flow is even more important. Conditioned air enters your room through air supply vents. Once it leaves the […]

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Humidifiers and Sun Screen

These two products work well but only in certain conditions. Lathering up with sun screen on a cloudy day makes about as much sense as living in the south and purchasing a humidifier. Dr Allison Bailes says, “if you really want to solve the problem, seal the air leaks.”  He goes on to say: Ideally, […]

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Air Filter MERV Ratings and Why You Should Care

We spend more time indoors during the winter months. That’s why it makes sense to keep your heating and cooling system’s air filter changed. Here are a few details to consider. Air filters are manufactured with a rating called the MERV or minimum efficiency reporting value.  That’s a number from 1 to 16 that’s relative to […]

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